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We have had cats and Mr. Durick loves cats, but I prefer dogs.
In my next life I am going to have TWO greyhounds and I will not race them. We will just have a good time walking through the woods and exploring.
We hope to move to our new home in the countryside by next year, and then we will almost certainly have to get a cat or two to keep the rats and snakes away.
B E A U T I F U L dogs!
We seem them often here in the parks in NY.
What is their disposition?
Beautiful dogs. They have a lovely nature, very friendly and loyal.
They can be stubborn. If our male dog doesn't want to do something he just flops down on the ground and gives me his, "What are you going to do about it?" look. At 40 kg, there's generally not much one can do; it's not like a little dog which you can pick up and carry.
Not a pet, but animal lovers are sure to have an opinion on Harambe, the Gorilla that was recently shot after a boy fell into his enclosure at Cincinnati zoo. They're not going to charge the parents for letting the child in, and the internet has been outraged and suggested a trank dart should have been used instead. I have mixed feelings about zoos, and maybe the ultimate way to have saved Harambe is for him to have never been caged in the first place. Their stated aims are that of education, promoting environmentalism and conservation of habitats, but so much of their work is about entertaining small children. When more and more animals in zoos are the last of their kind conservation isn't working. Captive breeding programs might be justified but as soon as humans start interfering with a wild species, even simply selecting which breeding pairs, they aren't truly wild anymore.
Do you think they were right to shoot Harambe? I found it amazing to read how often this has happened and about previous cases where Gorillas, both female and male, protected children that fell into their cages.
I have a houseful of pets, but I don't know that rates as a current event. :)
My cats would contend that they and their daily activities are far more important and interesting that anything we consider "current events". Lord knows that most of the time I'd rather enjoy their antics than those of Rauner/Madigan/Emanuel or Trump/Sanders/Clinton.
They're not going to charge the parents for letting the child in
The parents did not "let the child in". Mom turned away for a few seconds to look after her other kids, and the boy got away from her.
and the internet has been outraged and suggested a trank dart should have been used instead.
"the internet"? "the internet" does not have an opinion or emotions. Some people on the internet are outraged. In any case, a trank dart takes time to act. There wasn't time.
Gorillas, both female and male, protected children that fell into their cages.
But that's not what happened here. The child was being roughly dragged around and was in danger of serious injury or worse.
Do you think they were right to shoot Harambe?
Yes, I do. From everything I have read, there were no alternatives.
I'm sorry I didn't use "some people on the internet" of course I didn't mean everyone on the internet agrees. But I think you knew what I meant. The media here has presented the story and the debate online as being strongly in favor against shooting the Gorilla and that people felt lots of anger towards the mother. I don't agree with that, and don't know if that's true or not as I've not survey'd the entire internet myself, which I see I should do before I try to bring up another topic.
And it turns out I agree with you.
Cavvies are very suitable if you don't have a lot of space. They are serious lap dogs as I'm sure you know, you can't keep them off the couch. I have heard them described as "little big dogs" because there is a labrador inside trying to get out. They share the equable temperament, and the greed! And the fur shedding.
They don't need a lot of exercise, but you do have to watch their weight. As puppies they chew everything. The worst thing is a tendency to clogged up anal glands which have to be squeezed by the vet.
Get one from a reputable breeder, to minimise the risk of heart trouble.